A letter: Ubisoft have themselves some goodwill following their gift or € 500,000 towards the Notre Dame reconstruction efforts and their decision to make Assassin's Creed Unity available for free. Gamers have review-bombed Unity's Steam page with hundreds of messages thanking Ubisoft for their gesture.
While the fire that ravaged Notre Dame on April 15 was undoubtedly a tragedy, the outpouring of donations to help restore the historic cathedral has been heart-warming. Ubisoft, the French game studio behind the Assassin's Creed franchise, donated € 500,000 and also made its Paris-based installation of the franchise, Assassin's Creed Unity, free via Uplay.
When announcing on Twitter their decision to make the game free, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive, as you may expect. But surprisingly gamers have used the tactic of reviewing bombing to show just how much they appreciate Ubisoft's gesture.
In solidarity with everyone moved on Monday's events we are donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free.
̵1; Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019
Before April 16 Unity's Steam page was published two to three reviews per day, but since their announcement, the game had over 600 extremely positive reviews. One user wrote, "Thanks Ubisoft & Assassin's Creed Unity for giving us the opportunity to appreciate what Notre Dame used to be. God bless France. ”
The funny thing is that Unity is also available for free via Steam, as the offering is exclusive to Uplay. But it's clear that gamers wanted to use whatever channel they can show their gratitude and support for Ubisoft's decision.
The overall review score remains 'mixed', as Unity was never the most popular game of the franchise, but the recent reviews will go some way to improve that rating despite not being particularly relevant to how the game actually plays.
So far, Valve did not decide to use their recently developed 'off-topic review' functionality, designed to minimize the impact of review bombs, and it seems unlikely that they would, given the positive nature of this particular bomb.
Assassin's Creed Unity is available for free via Uplay until April 25.